Today I have deals on two books. Both books deal with differing, though specific, elements of John Calvin’s thought. Both are academic studies and are intended for specialists on Calvin, or related fields.
First, Serene Jones takes a fresh look at Calvin’s masterpiece Institutes of the Christian Religion and draws a compelling portrait of Calvin as a Christian teacher engaged in the classical art of rhetoric. According to Jones, this art was used knowingly and skillfully by Calvin to persuade and challenge his diverse audiences. Thus, she offers a theological-rhetorical reading of the first three chapters of Calvin’s Institutes. What emerges is a truly original interpretation of Calvin as a working theologian concerned to craft Christian character and piety.
Second, John Calvin’s Old Testament Exegesis shows the great interpreter’s hermeneutical approach to be quite from many of his contemporaries. He rejected much of the traditional Christian exegesis of the Old Testament that attempted to to explain it in terms of the New Testament revelation of Christ. He also rejected much of the traditional Jewish exegesis of the Old Testament that favored a more so-called historical approach to the writings. Instead he offered a middle way to interpret the Old Testament scripture with respect to both traditions. Puckett’s work examines this often-neglected area of study of John Calvin’s exegetical reasoning in this comprehensive and fascinating analysis.